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Campus Facilities

On March 15, 1961 the Industrial Education Center moved into two new buildings off Victoria Road in Asheville. Over the years, the Board of Trustees has acquired land that today totals 144 acres.

Located on the Asheville Campus is the Smith-McDowell House, the oldest brick house in Buncombe County, which is leased to the Western North Carolina Historical Association.

On January 18, 1990 the College established a site in Madison County. The satellite operation provides adult education and college credit courses for the people of Madison County.

Over the years, a combination of special funding has provided for campus expansion. Since 1985, the North Carolina General Assembly has approved $5 million in special legislation for campus construction.

Since 1987, Buncombe County voters have approved $13.5 million in bonds to be used for campus additions and renovations. In statewide bond referendums, voters approved $5 million in 1993 and $14 million in 2000 for capital projects at A-B Tech.

Buncombe County Commissioners purchased property for A-B Tech belonging to St. Genevieve Gibbons Hall, a private school that merged with Asheville Country Day School to form Carolina Day School. The Board of Trustees acquired the title to these 12.77 acres and four buildings on September 23, 1987. In 1990, the Commissioners purchased 16.75 acres contiguous to the west boundaries of the campus. This purchase included Sunnicrest, the only remaining lodge constructed by George Vanderbilt. The lodge has been renovated to house College offices.

On October 21, 1987, A-B Tech in cooperation with Buncombe Child Development opened a Child Care Center, which offers day service to students and faculty.

On October 23, 2000, BASF Corporation donated nearly 37 acres and three buildings to A-B Tech to establish a satellite site in Enka that includes a Business Development and Incubation Program, a Small Business Center, pro bono professional services, a student incubation program, a technology training and conference center, a bio-business center, an institute for sustainability and technology, and a commercial kitchen.

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